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Publication: Alton Telegraph September 30, 1999

Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois home runs Summer ozone levels were sky-high By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer The Metro East’s recordbreaking ozone summer has past, but Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials are asking residents to start forming “air friendly" habits. Bob Swinford, Illinois EPA air quality supervisor, said Jerseyville, Alton and Wood River set peak ozone levels beginning the second half of July and escalating through Labor Day    weekend. Although the source of the smog hovering over these • communities actually came largely from East St. Louis industrial    emissions, Swinford said prevailing weather patterns sent the polluted air north and to a stopping point above these cities. “Smog is photochemical. It is not admitted directly from any one source,” Swinford said. “And that whole process takes time. What was happening to Jerseyville, Alton and Wood River involved solar energy, high temperatures and winds blowing out of the south that carried emissions from the main source and distributed them (north).” In the same manner, Swinford said, emissions generated out of Wood River and Hartford may have, under these weather conditions, carried emissions to communities north of the River Bend and caused smog to form in these areas, too. Diesel-powered vehicles do not cause smog, but they do generate particulate matter that appears to motorists as black smoke emitting from a trucks exhaust pipes. Illinois EPA air bureau spokeswoman Julie Neposchlan said smog is spread by gasoline-fueled vehicles. “Emissions from gasoline-powered vehicles cook in the sun and the heat to form smog,” Neposchlan said. “About half of the emissions that form ozone in the Metro East area come from industry. The majority of the remainder comes from motor vehicles.” The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Black smoke billows from the smokestack of a rock-filled truck as it accelerates on College Avenue in Alton near the Homer Adams Parkway. Large trucks and buses, which make up only 2.5 percent of all vehicles, produce 26 percent of smog-causing nitrogen oxide. Keeping a car well-maintained, she said, is a common practice that can help reduce ozone emissions. “Choosing water-based paint products instead of oil-based is another way resi dents can practice creating an air-friendly environment,” Neposchlan said. “Conserving energy helps, too, because then the power plants’ loads are less and fewer emissions are pro duced Hopefully during this non-ozone period of the year, we can practice forming habits that prove valuable in maintaining better air quality when summer rolls around again.” No E. coli at Bev Farm, state health officials say By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - State health officiate say union allegations are untrue that a Beverly Farm Foundation resident recently suffered from an E. coli infection. The resident in question, however, did contract a serious bacterial infection at the beginning of August and now suffers from aspiration pneumonia, said Tom Schafer, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public Health. The woman has been hospitalized since Sept. 19, he said “It wasn’t E. coli at all, the person is in the hospital and not at the facility,” Schafer said. On Sept 22, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 released a letter to the media that Henry Bayer, the union’s executive director, had written to IDPH Director Dr. John Lumpkin. The letter said: the union was informed thalt a resident had contracted E. coli; there was a possible risk to staff and others if there was an outbreak of the infection; the patient had been released from the hospital to the home for developmentally disabled adults only if she is isolated, from other residents; and a ■ See E. COLI, Page A7 Police nab students to help with problems By CURTISS A. HARTLEY For The Telegraph COLLINSVILLE -r About 30 high school juniors were brought to the Illinois State Police District ll headquarters in Collinsville by local police Wednesday — not because they were in trouble, but because of their leadership potential. The purpose of the gathering was to get youth involved in youth problems, said Capt Diana Sievers, commander of District ll. The youths were handpicked by officials at their schools to participate in a new Youth Council sponsored by the State Police. Their task is to be a catalyst to help solve problems in their own communities. “It’s a brand-new program for us,” Sievers said. “Ifs part of our community policing efforts in the district.” District ll covers five counties in Illinois: Bond, Monroe, Clinton, St. Clair and Madison. “What we have come to realize is that the youth really know a lot, and we need to use them,” Sievers said. “We ■ See STUDENTS, Page A7 mJV mrn rn rn rn rn Area & Illinois.......... .........A3 Obituaries............ ............A5 Bulletin Board......... .........A6 Anderson, Blumer, Campbell, Business................. .........DI Gardner, Greer, Kehnast, Reid, Classifieds.............. .........C5 Rice, Riley, Rogers Ruehrup, Comics................... ........D5 Suhre, Westnedge, Zumwalt Editorial.................. .........A4 Scoreboard........ Nation & World........ .........A8 Stocks ................ SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAPH Hun lo MAI I ACAIN t f w. 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Cain was identified by investigators as the driver of the bronze-colored vehicle that • struck and injured Valerie Lovelace, 18, of Carlinville, at 9:20 p.m. on Sept. 22. Lovelace was walking along South Plum Street when she was struck from behind by a southbound vehicle that did not stop. The accident occurred just south of the intersection of Plum and Mulberry streets, police said. They said Lovelace was walking near the curb with two other girls, her friends. Police later said Lovelace was wearing “dark-colored clothing” and walking along a “dimly lit area.” Lovelace was treated at Springfield Memorial Hospital and released Police had been searching for the driver of the vehicle when they recovered the right-hand passenger side mirror ■ See HIT-AND-RUN, Page A7 Workers haul off sections of a garage from a house being demolished Wednesday on the Homer Adams Parkway in Alton, which will make way for a new drive-through facility for the Bank of Carrollton next door. The bank turned over the garage to Rick Goldman of Alton, who is erecting it on his property in the country.Hit-and-run Garage on the move ;

  • Bob Swinford
  • Capt Diana Sievers
  • Curtiss A. Hartley
  • E. Coli
  • Henry Bayer
  • John Lumpkin
  • Julie Neposchlan
  • Kerry Smith
  • Linda N. Weller
  • Rick Goldman
  • Tom Schafer
  • Valerie Lovelace

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Publication: Alton Telegraph

Location: Alton, Illinois

Issue Date: September 30, 1999

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